This groundbreaking set of evidence-based standards is your blueprint to dramatically improve outcomes for individuals involved in the justice system due to substance use disorders and mental health conditions. Representing 25 years of empirical study on addiction, pharmacology, behavioral health, and criminal justice, these Standards are the foundation upon which all adult drug courts must operate. They hold the keys to transform how the justice system responds to people in crisis.


Since the release of Volume I in 2013, 20 out of 25 states (80%) responding to a national survey indicated they have already adopted the Standards for purposes of credentialing, funding, or training new and existing Drug Courts in their jurisdictions


We welcome you to download Vol. I and Vol. II of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards.

Standards Vol. I                              
Standards Vol. II